Copland: Piano Fantasy / Ives: Piano Sonata No. 1

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1 Aaron Copland: Piano Fantasy 32:27 44.1/16 Album only
2 Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 1 - Adagio Con Moto 8:33 44.1/16 Album only
3 Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 1 - Allegro Moderato 1:56 $1.49 Buy
4 Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 1 - Allegro "In The Inn" 4:34 $1.49 Buy
5 Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 1 - Largo 7:38 44.1/16 Album only
6 Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 1 - Quarter-note 1:19 $1.49 Buy
7 Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 1 - Allegro 3:33 $1.49 Buy
8 Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 1 - Andante Maestoso 11:34 44.1/16 Album only

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Timed to coincide with the centennial celebration of Copland's birth, this recording couples two major - and somewhat neglected - works of 20th century American piano repertoire. It is the first disc to pair these two works, recorded in glorious sound, making a conspicuous contribution to their sparse recorded history.

Copland's Piano Fantasy, a commission from the Juilliard School, took five years to complete. A monumental and evocative work written utilizing 12-tone techniques, the Fantasy is a significant departure from the ballets and film scores which Copland wrote in the previous decade to great acclaim. Because of its length and complex structure, it is rarely performed; yet its musical rewards are great.

Charles Ives' Piano Sonata #1 is also rarely performed, unlike his popular second "Concord" sonata. It is a passionate piece which some Ives scholars consider to be his most personal. Ives never completed editing the score (which was finally realized by Lou Harrison), and its improvisatory nature allows for flexibility in decisions to be made by the performer. This disc was recorded at Yale, particularly appropriate as Ives was a Connecticut native who graduated from Yale, where all of his manuscripts are now held.

Composers
Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990), Charles Ives